dreaded phone call from gym teacher--difficult child 2 is failing gym. and is defiant in her class. this is the infamous teacher who said mine needs to "learn personal responsibility"...apparently she must not understand gfgdom too much. (i'd have fainted if she actually accomplished such a thing, lol) ::SIGH:: i know early in the semester she "forgot" to turn in a written assignment--that was a zero. (in difficult child's head, it was unheard of to turn it in the next day in the hope of partial credit, and for all i know, the teacher could have said exactly that--of course in *my head* i was thinking wth kind of written assignment is there in GYM?!). i know there are times she doesnt participate the entire class, but for the most part she does her best. and most recently, i know she didnt dress for gym because she brought them home to be washed on a friday, on monday, put them in her regular locker, and between the start of school and 6th period, "forgot" to take them to the locker room, i think mostly because its not a natural time for her to go to her reg. locker, it CERTAINLY wasnt intentional...but in her head, she didnt think the teacher would "let" her go get them...(just so you know, this is the ONLY time all year she wasnt dressed for gym) and i know gym is literally the most difficult class she has-sensory overload, weight gain, motor/coordination issues, tired and hungry before gym, medication related issues and on and on--not to mention she's a non athletic 12 year old girl...so i dont expect her to get an A. she's openly defiant because she "cant" ask for help/express her needs---learned behavior thanks to not being heard in the school system. she's come a long way, but there is still work to be done in this area. but obviously, failing gym is a problem. i'm about positive its mandatory summer school (GREAT, thanks for the mom punishment) and i honestly think there is no real way for her to fix it. i'm not even positive in her head, she can connect the dots between now and summer. part of me wants to request APE, but the other part hates to go that route. there is an iep in place, but off the top of my head, i cant recall it addressing any specific needs in gym class--i dont think it really occured to any of us--but she does have an aide specifically for that class because of the unstructured nature of it. (whom she hates, and ignores as much as she humanly can) i have to call this teacher back--i dont want to sound like i'm making excuses for my kid, but umm, its all the truth. my difficult child certainly doesnt help herself any (i can hear her mouth now), but she probably *cant* pass gym under the best of circumstances. i'm dreading it.